They were good.
So very good.
Green Beans with Ginger and Toasted Sesame Oil
1 pound green beans (about 4 cups) ends trimmed
2 teaspoons tasted (oriental) sesame oil
1 Tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable, or olive oil)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more for extra spice)
1/2 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 Tablespoons water
Steam beans until barely cooked. Approximately 3 minutes. Beans should still be crunchy. Drain beans and reserve.
In a saute' pan, add the sesame and peanut oils, garlic and ginger over medium high heat. When sizzling, reduce heat to medium low and saute' until garlic turns light brown. Do not overcook. Add the red pepper flakes, green beans, soy sauce and water. Cook over medium high heat for 3 minutes, stirring once per minute, until the water evaporates.
(possible vegetable substitutions- carrots, broccoli or asparagus)